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Incident Date: 09 October 2014
A LADY has had a lucky escape after a fire broke out in her Salford home.
A 999 call was made to North West Fire Control at 6.17am on Thursday, October 9, 2014, and crew from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were sent to a second-floor flat on Moorend Avenue.
On arriving at the address firefighters from Broughton and Manchester Central found a fire involving the electric cupboard behind the front door, and wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire, later removing smoke from the flat with a fan.
Station Manager Paul Smitham, who was in charge of the incident, said: "When firefighters arrived at the incident they were greeted by a 69-year-old lady outside - she had heard the fire crackling and managed to make her way past it to get outside.
"We treated her for the effects of smoke along with residents from the fourth floor who had also breathed in some smoke.
"The lady is lucky to have heard the fire as there was a smoke alarm in the flat that wasn't working - we can't reiterate enough how important it is to have working smoke alarms at home."
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "Having a working smoke alarm gives you an early warning to a fire in your home. We encourage everyone to ensure their home has a smoke alarm - and test it once a week to make sure it works. "
For further fire safety advice, visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk, and to book a free Home Safety Check, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms call 0800 555 815.
North West Ambulance Service also attended and checked people over but nobody required further treatment.
The fire is thought to have started due to an electrical fault.